BROWNS SCOUTING REPORT
Coach: Hue Jackson (second year – 1-24; third year overall – 9-32).
Record: 0-9 (fourth in AFC North).
Last week: The Browns lost 38-24 at Detroit.
Next week: Cleveland plays at Cincinnati on Nov. 26.
Play caller: Coach Hue Jackson.
Analysis: Jackson, 52, doesn’t employ an offensive coordinator. He entered the NFL in 2001 with Washington and has been the coordinator for the Redskins, Atlanta, Oakland and Cincinnati. He went 8-8 as the Raiders’ head coach in 2011. … The Browns are 31st in scoring (15.9 points per game), tied for 23rd in yards (313.7), 17th in rushing (106.9), 24th in passing (206.8), tied for 27th in red zone touchdown rate (46.2) and last on third down (29.5 percent). … Cleveland is last in turnovers (23), leading to a minus-13 ratio (31st). … Expect Jackson to roll out plenty of personnel groupings to start the game. In the first half at Detroit on Sunday, he used 2WR-2RB-1TE on seven snaps and 3WR-1RB-1TE on 26 snaps but also 2WR-1RB-2TE, 1WR-1RB-3TE and 1WR-2RB-2TE. … The Browns passed on Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes in the first round and selected QB DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame) in the second round (No. 52 overall). He won the job in training camp and has experienced the traditional tough sledding. Kizer is first in interceptions (12), 33rd in passer rating (54.4) and 32nd in yards per attempt (5.5). He is completing only 52.8 percent of his passes. Kizer (6-4/237 at his Pro Day) was 12-11 as Notre Dame’s starter and ran 4.83 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine. For the Browns, he has rushed 40 times for 201 yards and isn’t afraid to take on tacklers. Kizer sustained a rib injury against Detroit but is expected to face the Jaguars. Kizer has a team-high four touchdown rushes. … The Browns have gained at least 100 yards rushing in four of the last five games, including a season-best 201 against the Lions. … RB Isaiah Crowell, an undrafted free agent in 2014, has played 51.8 percent of the snaps and is 17th in the league in carries (118) and 20th in yards (441). His longest carry is 26 yards so he has grinded his way to a 3.7-yard average. Crowell rushed for a season-high 90 yards at Detroit. … RB Duke Johnson, a third-round pick in 2015, will line up all over the field as a sometimes tailback, sometimes receiver. He leads the Browns’ running backs in playing time (291 snaps) and leads the team in catches (42) and yards (358), including a 41-yard touchdown. One unique wrinkle is lining up in an H-back-type role and darting inside at the snap to catch Kizer’s shovel pass. Johnson has also carried 44 times for 230 yards (5.2-yard average). … The Browns employ Dan Vitale as a fullback (67 snaps, no carries, two catches). … WR Corey Coleman (the 15th overall pick in 2016 from Baylor), has been out since Week 3 with a broken hand, but Jackson said Monday that Coleman is ready to return from injured reserve. Coleman caught a Baylor record 33 touchdown passes, but caught only 33 passes out of 73 targets as a rookie last year (three TD). … WR Ricardo Lewis (a fourth-round pick in 2016) leads the receivers in playing time (70 percent) and catches (25) but is still without a touchdown. … Cleveland is the latest stop for veteran WR Kenny Britt, a first-round pick by the Titans in 2009 who played the last three years for the Rams. He has only 12 catches in 247 snaps. … Three Browns tight ends have played at least 160 snaps – 2016 fourth-round pick Seth DeValve (279 snaps/21 catches), rookie first-round pick David Njoku (239 snaps/19 catches/3 TD) and 2015 sixth-round pick Randall Telfer (160/two catches). … Njoku left Miami (Fla.) after his redshirt sophomore season (64 catches in 26 games), but ran the 40 in 4.50 seconds and posted a 35-inch vertical jump to climb into the first round (No. 30 overall). At 6-4/244, he can use his length in the red zone (although Kizer doesn’t throw a great fade) and speed to create mismatches on the perimeter. … The Browns have allowed 27 sacks, ninth-most in the NFL. Four linemen have played all 554 snaps this year: RG Kevin Zeitler, LG Joel Bitonio, RT Shon Coleman and C J.C. Tretter. Coleman is in the concussion program, though, after being injured against Detroit. … Spencer Drango, a 2016 fifth-round pick, is playing left tackle since future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas tore his triceps last month. … Zeitler was one of the prize free agents in March and signed a five-year, $60 million deal with Cleveland. … Jackson dialed up good drive-starting plays early in the Lions game – a 38-yard downfield shot to WR Sammie Coates, the nine-yard shovel pass to Johnson and a Crowell 10-yard run using 3TE personnel.
Play caller: Coordinator Gregg Williams.
Analysis: Williams, 59, is in his first year running the Browns’ defense. Buffalo’s head coach from 2001-03, Cleveland is Williams’ sixth stop as a coordinator, following Tennessee, Washington, the Jaguars (2008), New Orleans and the Rams. One of his sons, Blake, is Cleveland’s linebackers coach. The staff also includes secondary coach DeWayne Walker, who held the same title with the Jaguars from 2013-16. … The Browns are 11th in fewest yards allowed (317.0), 17th in scoring (26.7), fourth against the run (86.4), 17th against the pass (230.6), 15th on third down (39.7) and tied for 18th in sacks (20). … Cleveland has 11 of its former draft picks on the defensive depth chart. … Up front, the first unit is NT Danny Shelton (2015 first round), DT Trevon Coley, DE Emmanuel Ogbah (2016 second round) and DE Myles Garrett (2017 first overall pick). … Shelton is a space eater – he was the heaviest defensive lineman (339 pounds) at the 2015 Combine whose job is to muck up the line of scrimmage. All 19 of his tackles have come in the run game. The back-up defensive tackles are third-round rookie Larry Ogunjobi (Charlotte) and Jamie Meder. … Ogbah had two sacks against Detroit and his four sacks are tied with Garrett for the team lead. Ogbah ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds (tied for fastest among DL) at the 2016 Combine and had 5 1/2 sacks as a rookie. He has big end size (6-4/273) but is also athletic and durable – he leads Cleveland’s DL in playing time (396 snaps). … Garrett (6-4/272) has been limited to 109 snaps over four games but still has four sacks. He missed the first four weeks with a high ankle sprain and one game with a concussion. But he is already a force. Garrett had 32 1/2 sacks in 36 games for Texas A&M and ran the 40 in 4.64 seconds at the Combine (best among the DL). … DE Carl Nassib picked up a majority of Garrett’s snaps and has 17 tackles and two sacks. … MLB Joe Schobert and WLB Christian Kirksey have played all 534 defensive snaps this year. Schobert’s 75 tackles are tied for sixth-most in the NFL and Kirksey is ninth with 74 tackles. … Schobert was an underwhelming prospect out of Wisconsin, but the Browns took him in the 2016 fourth-round and he’s worked out. … Kirksey was a third-round pick in 2014 and is in his second year as a full-time starter. … SLB Jamie Collins, acquired from New England last year, tore his MCL while returning an interception at Detroit and is out for the year. Collins finishes his first full season in Cleveland with 31 tackles in six games. … James Burgess (19 tackles in 167 snaps) will take over for Collins. … The top three cornerbacks are Jamar Taylor, Jason McCourty and Briean Boddy-Calhoun, they have played 98.1, 70.4 and 69.5 percent of the snaps, respectively. … McCourty has three interceptions, including a 56-yard touchdown. McCourty played six years for Tennessee and faced the Jaguars 12 times (no interceptions/55 tackles). … Taylor (fourth on the team with 41 tackles) was a 2013 second-round pick by Miami but never played more than 12 games or started more than six games in three years. Shipped to Cleveland, he has three interceptions in 24 games (23 starts) for the Browns. … Boddy-Calhoun was undrafted out of Minnesota in 2016 and spent the preseason with the Jaguars. He was claimed by Cleveland after being cut and has appeared in 23 games (12 starts). He had three INT last year. This season, Boddy-Calhoun leads the team with six enforced penalties. … Rookie first-round pick Jabrill Peppers and 2016 fourth-round pick Derrick Kindred start at safety. Peppers was a two-way player for Michigan and has transitioned from an outside linebacker-type last year to safety in the NFL and also is active in the return game. … Kindred’s 36 tackles are fourth on the team.
Coordinator: Chris Tabor.
Analysis: Tabor, 46, has run the Browns’ special teams since 2011 meaning he has worked for four head coaches (Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski, Mike Pettine and Jackson). Tabor entered the NFL in 2008 as Chicago’s assistant special teams coach. … Cleveland is 25th in punt returns (6.0) and fifth on kick returns (24.5) and 25th covering punts (10.1) and first covering kickoffs (13.9). … Seventh-round rookie K Zane Gonzalez was a first-team All-America in 2016 for Arizona State and finished his career with a national record 494 points. This year, he is 8 of 12 on field goals and 15 of 16 on point after attempts. He has 24 touchbacks on 34 kickoffs (70.6 percent is ninth in the NFL). … P Britton Colquitt is 12th in net average (41.7). … Peppers has 19 punt returns for a 6.3-yard average and eight kick returns for a 20.1-yard average. Matt Dayes had a 22-yard kick return last week.